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ERIC Number: ED136253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 25
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Task-Dependency in Comprehension of Prose.
Tenenbaum, Arlene Bonnie
The effect of variations in the organization of information and in contextual features upon comprehension of prose was tested using four tasks. Organization was varied to contrast hierarchical information structures and list information structures, and to test the effect of linking the structural components of the passage into a conceptual framework. Contextual variables which were investigated included length, content (abstract or concrete), amount of time for reading, reading achievement, sex, and previous knowledge about passage content. The four comprehension tasks were immediate free recall, recognition of a factual detail, recognition of the main idea, and recognition of an inference. A fractional design for 32 high school students was used to investigate the organizational and contextual variables within a single experiment. The results suggested that different dimensions of organization and context may affect performance on the four tasks. (AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 1977)